More Dirty Makeup Brush Stories


Happy Throwback Thursday — The perfect day to revisit even more news about dirty, bacteria-filled makeup brushes!

After the news about an Australian Mom being paralyzed by the bacteria from a dirty makeup brush, a group of reporters and anchors at a CBS affiliate in Richmond, Va., thought it would be a fun idea to test their makeup bags and brushes for goo!

Female Scientist Looking At PetridishWhat did they find at WTVR CBS 6?

The same thing scientists always find (and that we’ve reported on before)!


From the CBS report:

“Microbiologists from San Air Technologies in Powhatan came to the studio to take the samples from the makeup bags of Bill Fitzgerald, Julie Bragg, Candace Burns, Joe St. George, Nikki-Dee Ray and me — Reba Hollingsworth. …

“Julie Bragg’s makeup bag was the cleanest with no bacteria found. The rest of had varying amounts of Staphylococcus Epidermidis. That’s a bacteria commonly found on the skin that could lead to breakouts or rashes. Joe St. George had three types of bacteria on his sponge and bag. One called Staphylococcus Aureus could cause a skin infection. Just days after we conducted our test, Joe developed a possible bacterial infection around his eye.”

Scroll to the bottom of this link so you can see where Joe posted a photo of the infection he got after participating in the test.

Morale of the story: Don’t be dirty. Clean your brushes, and your makeup bags.


Sarah A. Webster
My Brush Betty

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